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Poster: BataviaSparky Date: Dec 24, 2009 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: I guess it's just my era

Today I put on the boys for the first time in a few weeks. Goes in waves for me. I seem to get burned out and I need my Wilco, my Jackie Greene, my Shpongle(!), my Decemberists, etc. But the wave crested and I feel like I'm back to the boys for a minute. So without thinking, I reach for 6-23-90, Eugene, with a great Stranger opener and a mind-melting West L.A. The rest of set 1 and Eyes also graced my speakers. I had my 13 Y.O. son and 9 Y.O. daughter dancing in the living room, and me smiling big (and dancin'!). After that it was Hampton, 3-24-87.
If you asked, I would agree that 73 had the best playing and most interesting jams, but I can't escape that the years I was there give me the warmest feeling and best overall listening experience on the too seldom occasions when I get the opportunity to crank up a show.
A mundane observation if anything I guess. Love you all and Merry Christmas! Don't do anything I wouldn't do!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 24, 2009 7:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just not my era

i only saw the GD mid '80s to early '90s, but i NEVER visit those years except maybe one or two sets in the early '90s, so that debunks the theory in question; 68-72 & 79-82 for me, when i do listen to the GD, which truth be told is around 3% of all my music listening (JGB obviously far more)

This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2009-12-25 03:25:34

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Poster: billydlions Date: Dec 24, 2009 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just not my era

I'm with you on this one Arb. I saw shows in the same time period as you and I also rarely listen to anything from 1985-1995. 1971 & 1972 I like a lot and then 1977-1984 are my preferred years. 1973 through 1976 are played much less frequently for me. Jerry is probably 33% of what I listen to, but since the set lists are not as varied I have to take breaks more frequently. With the Dead I just switch time periods to get more variety. Merry Christmas (from Florida where it hit 80 degrees today so it doesnt feel much like a holiday)!

This post was modified by billydlions on 2009-12-25 03:40:57

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Dec 24, 2009 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just my era

You did not make "a mundane observation," Sparky. It's called "Dead-Head" -- for those of you who missed the shows, and never saw one. The actual "era" is 1965 - 1995. I agree that the creative 1973 year - creative for music AND creative for sound systems - is also my favorite Dead music. It turns out 1973 was the same year for the shows I attended, and what I prefer to listen to that's Dead.

A good reason why this forum is helpful is that we have audience members here from most of this period, except for the earliest years. People similar to us pick up on what others tell us here about all the different shows. Perhaps the best thing about Internet Archive is that we have all this live music to put side-by-side, and let the chips fall where they may. PEACE to ALL.

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Poster: angular Date: Dec 24, 2009 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just my era

Late bloomer. My time was 87-93 (the last shows being on my honeymoon). Had to sell my last (third night) tickets at Deer Creek to appease the wife. Twelfth row Jerry side to which she still hears about to this day. Oh the sacrifices to our significant others.

I would like to say a BIG thank you to all that post here for their info and experiences on their journey. '73 kicks ass!

Jerry Christmas to all!

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 24, 2009 3:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just my era

That about sums it up for me. Lucky you are for seeing shows in '73 -- my favorite year too. But alas, my time was 90-95. Still, I saw many great shows, and my only regret is that I didn't tour full-time.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 24, 2009 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just my era

Same boat here. I was simply born too late to see most of my favorite Grateful Dead shows, the vast majority of which took place between 1967 and 1974. But while the shows I did attend (starting in '83) may pale in comparison to the glory days, I still enjoyed the living shit out of them at the time and I still whip out some of what I consider to be the better 80s shows from time to time. Obviously "the Persian Years" come with their own set of problems (excruciating vocals and mid-song nod-offs from Jerry, whole band mailing it in, etc), but I still like a lot of the "In the Dark" tunes. The only period I almost never reach for is '92-95- just my own personal taste.

Merry Christmas everyone.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 24, 2009 5:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just my era

Re: 92-95... I don't go there much either, but there are some notable highlights. Let me know if you ever want recommendations.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Dec 24, 2009 1:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just my era

I totally agree - 1973 is by far my favorite year, but I never saw them until 1979 and I have a special fondness for my heaviest years of 1979-1982. Also why I love the Dead Ahead video - it's not their best, but it's the only one that features them looking and sounding like the band I remember best. Glad your children are also on the bus. :)

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Dec 27, 2009 1:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just my era

Fenario, I am RIGHT with you on this. I am in the same boat, love the jams of 73 the best, but personally love the 79 - 82 Dead since that's what I remember best as well (first saw them in 79). And I agree that the Dead Ahead movie is my favorite for the same reason. As I read your post, I felt like you were writing it from my experience. Really weird.

Thanks for taking the words right out of my brain!

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Poster: barongsong Date: Dec 24, 2009 8:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just my era

I'm with you on that. I find that I can enjoy a 7-7-89 or 6-23-90 or any other show where they are ON just as much as most other shows from arguably better eras. For me it's just a consistency problem as you get into later Dead.
I can see why people get caught up in certain eras because some of them are indeed vast. I'm just glad that I seem to be able to enjoy a variety of era's so far. Happy Holidays

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Dec 24, 2009 1:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I guess it's just my era

Hear Hear !!!!!!

A happy one to all!